Prosecutor: No charges against Muskegon sheriff

The Eaton County prosecutor has announced he's not pursuing charges against Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler related to accusations of misusing charitable funds.
WZZM-TV
Jul 25, 2014

A complaint accused Roesler of using $40 to $500 from the Muskegon County Sheriff's Office Memorial Charity Golf Outing's bank account for personal expenses between 2007 and 2011.

Attorney General Bill Schuette appointed Eaton County Prosecutor Douglas R. Lloyd as special prosecutor in the case.

An investigation found that the charity's bank account was set up as a sub-account under the sheriff's personal bank account. The sheriff said bank errors or customer confusion accounted for the sub-account withdrawals in question.

After the investigation began, Roesler put the money back in the sub-account and removed himself from that account.

Lloyd said the investigation didn't yield enough evidence of criminal wrongdoing to meet the burden of proof and warrant charges. That's in part because only three of the withdrawals in question are not barred by the statute of limitations. Also, the loss of some documents, like withdrawal signature slips, keep the prosecutor from being able to rule out bank error or another mistake.

Comments

Barry Soetoro

I'm confused about the whole "sub-account" thing. Would someone please explain how you go about setting up a "sub-account" under my personal checking/savings account? Specifically, I would be interested in setting up a "Barry Soetoro Charity Outing Sub-Account" that I could "accidently" draw off when I need some extra cash to get my drink on or for financing a charity beer summit. When someone calls me on it, I will then transfer the money from my personal account to my sub-account, sign the sub-account over to Lani to rinse and repeat and all will be good, yes?

Wolverine49457

Great questions and to address your concernes I submit...HEY LOOK ITS ELVIS!

GOLDEN

As Gomer Pyle used to say, "Surprise, surprise, surprise!"

Tri-cities realist

"customer confusion"? Isn't the sheriff the customer?

NoWay

Puhhhhleeeese! Come on now, we all know officer's of the law don't commit crimes. I mean they take oaths and stuff like that. I think he should litigate against his accuser. It seems so odd that investigations into 'alleged' illegal activities by people in the justice system result in so few prosecutions. Peculiar indeed.

zwesterhouse

I always thought the Sheriff to be "exempt" from prosecution. Article 7 Section six. County not responsible for his acts. And AG Opinion 6964. States legislature cannot prescribe qualifications for a constitutionally elected official. There is alot more if you do your research. The Sheriff is "EXEMPT" He can do whatever he pleases. Now the deputies and undersheriff - they are disposable and can be busted for anything and end up in their own hotels. Not the Sheriff. But just like in the Southern States look how powerful those Sheriff's are. Michigan Sheriffs don't have that kind of super immunity like in Tennessee Walking Tall movies with Buford Pusser. But they are exempt in Michigan especially in petty offenses like this. Think the Sheriff is powerful? Look up what a Michigan Conservation officer can do - They have prosecutorial powers. Deputy writes a CO a ticket, The CO can them dismiss the ticket using his prosecutorial powers. case closed.

Back to the Wall

They've become nothing more than armed tax collectors.

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